Lawmakers and residents say that it is important that immigration laws include more than just border security.
Former four-term San Antonio mayor and US HUD secretary Henry Cisneros says the final legislation should include security measures, a guest-worker program and a path to legalization.
A San Antonio meeting Wednesday was sponsored by local groups in response to a series of congressional hearings on the issue.
AJ Rodriguez, head of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce says the hearings have ignored social and economic issues related to immigration reform.
Democratic US Representatives Henry Cuellar and Charlie Gonzalez attended the event. Other lawmakers sent representatives.
The Senate and House have failed to resolve differences between immigration bills each has passed.
The Senate approved a guest worker program and a possible path to citizenship while the House-approved bill focuses on border enforcement.